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Google Assistant adds native support for Rachio, LeakSmart, and other sprinklers and leak detectors

Google Assistant is growing ever more useful with bazillions of actions and abilities. What makes it really powerful is its integration with smart home tech, allowing us to control our houses with nothing but our voice. While more and more categories of home automation products are natively supported by the Assistant, others have to be specifically addressed by saying "Ok Google, ask [some device] to [do some action]." Until recently, sprinklers and pipe leak detectors fell into the latter category, but now, Google has announced that several companies have added native Assistant integration, starting with Rachio, Rain Bird, LeakSmart, and Flo by Moen.

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Samsung Good Lock updates add new Task Changer style and NavStar rotation toggle [APK Download]

With One UI, the current state of Samsung's Android software is a far cry from the dark days of TouchWiz. The Good Lock suite of apps also makes Samsung's skin one of the most customizable around, and another round of updates is rolling out. The key additions are a new task switcher option and a toggle to enable or disable the rotation button in the navbar app.

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[Periscope camera taken apart in teardown video] Huawei P30 Pro put through its paces in JerryRigEverything's durability test

What would you do upon getting your hands on the Huawei P30 Pro, one of the year's hottest smartphones? If you're Zack from JerryRigEverything, you'd celebrate by bending, scratching, and burning the device — all in the name of science.

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Evidence points to a Play Store ad fraud scheme by Chinese Baidu spin-off DO Global

For a long time, the Play Store could be considered the wild west of app distribution, especially compared to Apple's inherently more restrictive App Store. Google is working on improvements though and is becoming more stringent on app permissions, among other things. Still, we're back with another ad fraud scheme right inside the Store, following in the footsteps of last year's Cheetah Mobile investigation. Another Chinese app developer, DO Global, is alleged to have added code in its apps that automatically clicks on ads without users' knowledge.

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Google weather applet breaks with latest search beta

Why does Google have to break all the little things we like to use? For one, the company still hasn't re-enabled the ability for desktop-based Google users to set reminders — it hasn't even acknowledged the problem up to this point. And now, the mobile weather applet is on the fritz with the latest beta of the Google app.

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Get a Google Home Hub for $74 ($76 off) at Rakuten

The Google Home Hub goes on sale very often, usually dropping a few dollars each time. If you've been waiting to buy one, it's currently available from the Rakuten Shop for just $73.95 a reduction of $76 from the original MSRP.

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Prime Exclusive Moto X4 is down to just $120 ($90 off) on Amazon

Are you done with this year's spring cleaning? Amazon sure isn't, as evidenced by its continuing markdowns on Prime Exclusive smartphones. The Moto G6 was first discounted to $170, and then to $140. The Moto X4 too dropped to $130 a few weeks ago and is now marked down another ten bucks to $120. That's a lot of phone for not that much money.

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Get a black Sony Xperia XZ2 for $450 ($50 off) from Amazon or Best Buy

Today is another day for phone deals. Right now, you can pick up a Sony Xperia XZ2 from either Amazon or Best for $449.99, a savings of $50. That's a really decent price for a Snapdragon 845 device.

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Linux on DeX is now compatible with Galaxy S9, S10, and Tab S5e

Linux on DeX, announced at a developer conference last year, is a program that lets you run Linux (Ubuntu, in this case) on your Samsung smartphone or tablet, turning it into a full-fledged computer. Initially, it only worked on the Galaxy Note 9 and Tab S4, but with today's update, both Galaxy S9 and S10 families are now supported (along with, for some reason, the mid-range Tab S5e).

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Samsung says away with Galaxy J, Galaxy A is here to stay

Samsung is doing a little spring cleaning with its smartphone branding. It has decided to merge the budget-focused Galaxy J series into the mid-range Galaxy A lineup. Specifically, the 'J' lineage is being carried on by the Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50.

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